The Royal Ballet
Choreography and Set Design
Assistant to the Choreographer
Esa-Pekka Salonen 'Lachen Verlent', 'Nyx'
Originally danced by
Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Alexander Campbell, Tristan Dyer, Ryoichi Hirano, Paul Kay, Calvin Richardson, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson
Premiere date and venue
28 May 2016, Royal Opera House, London, UK
'A CHOREOGRAPHIC BREAKTHROUGH FOR WAYNE McGREGOR'
The New York Times
Obsidian Tear is McGregor's first work for The Royal Ballet created on an all-male cast, bringing together two works for violin by renowned Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Obsidian Tear is a choreographic response to the mythic grandeur of Esa Pekka Salonen’s symphonic poem Nyx. The ballet’s title takes inspiration from the epic geological journey of the volcanic rock, obsidian, as metaphor for the potent emotional and social forces exerted on human life. Katie Shillingford (Fashion Editor for Dazed and Confused Magazine and Fashion Director with AnOther Magazine) collaborated on the work as Fashion director, with Lucy Carter providing lighting design.
'ONE OF [McGREGOR'S] STRONGEST WORKS TO DATE'
On 11 May, McGregor held an insight event, rehearsing with dancers Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson and talking about the creation of Obsidian Tear with composer and conductor Salonen. The insight event, which was streamed live, can be watched below.
Co-production between The Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet.
Generous philanthropic support from Linda and Philip Harley, Victoria Robey and an anonymous donor.
Image: Ancient astronomical instrument, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Jaipur, photographed by Wayne McGregor